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Marc Whitten Departs Xbox

nubby-feature-thumb-marcFollowing the launch of Xbox One, the most successful launch in Xbox history, and the recent launch of “Titanfall,” the most anticipated game of this generation, the Xbox team is sad to share today that Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will be leaving the team to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos.

Marc joined the Xbox team in 2000 and delivered three console generations, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox, along with helping to build Xbox Live and making it one of the world’s top online communities with 48 million members in 41 countries. Xbox One is off to the hottest start in Xbox history, Xbox 360 has sold 80 million consoles and the original Xbox sold 25 million units. Many of you have enjoyed his letters to the community over the years and playing with him on Xbox Live.

“I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community,” said Whitten. “Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”

Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios, said “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marc for more than a decade and he has always led Xbox forward with a focus on our fans and delivering a platform that developers and creators can embrace to deliver incredible games and entertainment. We wish Marc well, while looking forward to the next chapter of Xbox.”

The remainder of the Xbox leadership team will remain intact and Marc’s team will report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president that oversees the teams building the software platform and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox.  “I’m thankful for Marc’s leadership on Xbox and the incredible team he’s helped build,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the operating systems group. “I look forward to working with Yusuf, Phil and the rest of the team to find a great replacement.”

“Marc played a pivotal role in building the Xbox business over the last 14 years and has been a great partner for me personally,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, “Marc has built a very strong and passionate team that has delivered innovative technology for game and entertainment fans. Our fans will continue to inspire us to do great work on their behalf.”

You can continue to play with Marc on Xbox Live under the gamertag notwen.

 

Source: Xbox Wire

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Witcher 3 Delayed to Spring 2015

nubby-feature-thumb-w3Witcher 3 has been delayed until spring 2015.

In an open letter, the Witcher 3 devs explained why:

“We have wanted  Witcher 3 to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important,”…

“A few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us.

“We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.

“We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.

“Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.”

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How to update your Xbox One Controller to use the Stereo Headset Adapter

xbox-one-controllerThe Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter is used to connect chat or stereo headsets to your controller, such as the Xbox One Stereo Headset or third-party gaming headsets. The adapter is included with the Xbox Stereo Headset and is also sold separately to support third-party or “legacy” headsets.

To use the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter with your Xbox One Console, you’ll need to update your Xbox One Controller with the latest software to support the Adapter.

Update your controller

Follow these steps to update your controller to support the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter:

    1. Make sure your console is on and you’re signed in and connected to Xbox Live.

Note It’s important to connect to Xbox Live because your console will need the latest system update, which contains the newest controller software. If you’ve connected recently, your Xbox One is probably already up to date, but you should connect anyway just to be sure. If your console needs an update, you’ll be prompted to install one.

  1. Plug the Stereo Headset Adapter into the bottom of your controller.
  2. Plug in a headset (a headset must be plugged in so the adapter will turn on).
  3. Plug the big end of the included USB cable into the port on the side of the console.
  4. Instructions to install the update should automatically be displayed. Follow the instructions, and don’t disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. (The process can take up to 3 minutes.)
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  1. Instructions to install the update should automatically be displayed. Follow the instructions, and don’t disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. (The process can take up to 3 minutes.)
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  1. When the update is complete, unplug the USB cable. If you have additional controllers to update, you can connect them now, one at a time, select the Update another button on the screen, and then follow the steps.
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    1. Press the Xbox button on the wireless controller to turn it on. Your controller is now up-to-date, and you’re ready to use your Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

Notes

    • The auto-detect feature of this update may not work immediately if you plugged your Stereo Headset Adapter into the controller while downloading a system update or while the console is turned off. Unplug and re-plug the adapter into the controller while at the Xbox Dashboard.
    • You can also update your controller by going to settings, System, and then Controller update.
    • If you’re charging your controller via an external power source, connect it to the console.
    • You only need to update your controller one time. But if you plan to use the Stereo Headset Adapter with other Xbox One controllers, you’ll need to follow this process for each controller.
    • If you try to update a controller that was already updated, the system will check the controller and proceed to the success screen within a few seconds to indicate it is already updated.
    • If you have more than one controller connected via USB, the update will tell you to disconnect the other controller and update just one controller at a time.

Troubleshoot updating your controller

If you see the following screen during the controller update, something may not be connected properly. Disconnect and reconnect the USB cable, headset, and Stereo Headset Adapter.

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If you still see this message, try these solutions:

  1. Do a full power cycle of your console by holding down the Xbox button on your console for 5 seconds. Wait 10 seconds before turning it on again.
  2. Try a different USB cable, and make sure it’s firmly connected to the console’s USB port and the controller’s USB port.
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Sony Making a Last of Us Movie

lastofusScreen Gems has signed on to distribute The Last of Us, a live-action adaptation of the PlayStation 3 video game from Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the game, will write the script. The creative architects will be Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley. They’ll team with Same Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner.

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Disney Lay Offs

nubby-feature-thumb-disneyDisney’s struggling video game and Internet division laid off roughly 700 employees on Thursday, or 26 percent of its global staff, in a major retrenchment that includes a shift in advertising strategy at Disney.com.

“These are large-scale changes as we focus not just on getting to profitability but sustained profitability and scalability,” James A. Pitaro, the president of Disney Interactive, said in an interview.

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Nintendo has announced Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition.

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Currently only confirmed for Europe, the bundle is available for pre-order for the  game’s release on May 30. For those who’ve  already pre-ordered the game, you can still upgrade to the bundle while stocks last.

A selection of Mario Kart-themed keyrings, including a Golden Dash Mushroom, Red Shell and Bullet Bill versions will be given out while stocks last.

In addition, the Nintendo UK Store will offer exclusive special deals that include the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition Spiny Shell bundle, a Bullet Bill T-Shirt and the Red Shell keyring, or alternatives without the Spiny Shell; these have limited availability.

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